The Mankato Department of Public Safety says a 21-year-old man is facing a felony charge after a smash-and-grab burglary at a home on North Fifth Street early Saturday morning.

 

Commander Dan Schisel said nobody was at the house but a neighbor called 9-1-1 after he, “Heard what they thought to be glass breaking. Notified our dispatch center. Officers were relatively close, they responded quickly.”

As officers prepared to search the apartment, Schisel said Collin Carney walked out of the door onto the deck with, “A box of items. Those items were food items, to amount to about $22 worth of items. The person was taken into custody for burglary and is facing second degree burglary charges.”

The maximum penalties for this offense are 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

Schisel says the neighbor’s call is a good example of, ‘See something, say something.’ “In the community, you might hear things or hear things and you’re not sure if you should report them or not,” he explained, “Here’s an excellent example of him reporting it quickly to 9-1-1. Officers were within blocks when this call came in for service and they responded quickly.”

Schisel says Carney cooperated with police. It’s not clear yet whether he knew the homeowners, or why he may have broken in to steal just a small amount of food.